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The Internet of Things – don’t forget product compliance

The ‘Internet of Things’ is a phrase describing a network of physical devices connected together for sharing information. 

Suppliers of items that fit under the “Internet of Things” (lighting, heating, appliances, security systems, metering for power, gas and water etc.), are reminded to verify products with New Zealand radiocommunications compliance requirements.  Many of the wirelessly controlled devices are sourced from countries that have different frequency plans to New Zealand.  If your product is not compliant with the appropriate standards and licence requirements, it could result in poor performance and the potential to cause interference.

Suppliers must take the necessary steps to make sure their devices meet the compliance requirements, by:

  1. confirming the device has been tested to the appropriate standard,
  2. completing a Supplier Declaration of Conformity, and
  3. labelling the products correctly.

Wireless device suppliers are required to apply for a Licence to Supply Radio Transmitters.  This is free and allows the supply and importation for supply, (or resupply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase of radio transmitters, provided the necessary compliance requirements have been met. 

Read more about complying with appropriate standards on the RSM website.  If you want to discuss your concerns, call us on free phone 0508 RSM INFO.

Applications received for Managed Spectrum Park licences

An application has been received for licences for radio spectrum in the 2.5 GHz Managed Spectrum Park band.  Potential uses for this spectrum include wireless broadband services.

Since November 2010, parties interested in utilising this spectrum have been able to apply for access on a first-come, first-served basis, but with sharing processes required to be negotiated by applicants.

An Application has been received by the Crown Spectrum Asset Manager from:

  • Lightwire Ltd, for licences with coverage in parts of the Hauraki, Thames Coromandel, Waikato, former Franklin District of the Auckland Super City, and Matamata-Piako District Council TLA areas.

Read more about this application for managed spectrum park licences in Notice 43.